OSCE Urges Stop to Uzbek Harrassment of Journalists

by Nathan Hamm on 6/17/2005 · 2 comments

So reports EurasiaNet. The OSCE is right to point out that the Uzbek government’s unwillingness to allow the press to function freely fuels tension rather than solving it. They also mention that the government’s behavior violates existing Uzbek laws. Kind of silly, but it might explain this attitude.

The OSCE is not planning to exert pressure on Uzbekistan due Tashkent’s reluctance to conduct an independent probe of the unrest in Andizhan in May, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman to Central Asia Alojz Peterle told Interfax on Thursday.

Unilateral pressure on Uzbekistan is not a way out, he said. One can only regret that Tashkent is not acting openly.

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carabinieri June 18, 2005 at 11:07 am
david l June 18, 2005 at 5:54 pm

can anyone explain the point of the OSCE? They seem to have lost any real reason to exist, except to provide young Westerners with interesting travel opportunities. Peterle seems like a nice man, but if you have nothing useful to say, it seems to me its better to just keep quiet. This kind of comment from the Chairmanship is hardly useful.

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